Monday, December 12, 2011
and have no idea that a hearty bowl of oatmeal can serve to reduce bad cholesterol, fight food cravings, contains lignans and antioxidants which strengthen one's immune system, and is heart healthy and simply an all around smart choice for librarians to make. But, just like the stereotypical image of a librarian spinster wearing thick framed glasses and a dour countenance;
oatmeal has a bad rap as being bland and tasteless. Move over quaking oats to be replaced by this wonderful super-bowl of heart and brain healthy nutrients that taste delectable!
Kathie's Favorite Oatmeal
1 cup quick cooking oats
2 Tblsp flax seeds
2 Tblsp coconut
2 Tblsp dried cranberries (or blueberries)
1 Tblsp raisins
2 Tbsp slivered almonds
Peachy Keen Oatmeal
1 cup quick cooking oatmeal
1 whole peach diced or canned sugarless peaches diced
2 Tblsp coconut
1 Tbsp maple syrup
1 Tbsp chopped walnuts
Pig in an Oatmeal Bowl
1 cup quick cooking oatmeal
2 Tbsp raisins
1 Tbsp maple syrup
1 sausage patty diced (use a vegetarian sausage if preferred)
* coconut has anti-bacterial properties and is actually very good for teeth (when unsweetened). Toasted coconut adds a nice texture to oatmeal and releases coconut oil.
Saturday, November 26, 2011
"Photography is a bridge between science and art. It brings to science what it needs most, the artistic sense, and to art, the proof that nothing can be imagined which cannot be matched in the counterpoints of nature" - Ernst Haas.
The library at Maine Media Workshops + College is named after Ernst Haas, a notable photographer who was born in Vienna, Austria in March 1921 and who died of a stroke in New York City in 1980. Haas was a renowned photojournalist whose work greatly contributed to new developments in the art of color photography. He also filmed many significant movies such as "The MisFits" and John Huston's "The Bible". Early in his career Haas photographed for Heute Magazine and Life magazine. For a chronology of his life events and career please view Silverstein Photography's Chronology at : http://www.brucesilverstein.com/documents/489364b15abdd.pdf.
In this chronology it is noted that Enrst Haas was invited to Maine Photographic Workshops between 1970 and 1974, a visit which began his teaching stints at various workshops throughout the world. Since the "Maine Photographic Workshops" weren't officially founded until 1980, Ernst Haas was involved with this organization from its earliest inception.
Sunday, November 13, 2011
"Linked Photographers' Guide
to Online Marketing and Social
Saturday, November 12, 2011
Monday, November 7, 2011
As I stand each morning on the precipice of my spiritual terrain, expectantly overlooking the formidable field of my future hopes and aspirations sprawling before me (which include working as an Information Specialist or Librarian), I am saturated with the realization of how important it is to become fit, not just physically but mentally and spiritually – indeed, holistically. To work effectively, both competitively and collaboratively, in today’s information marketplace – I deduce that it is very important to have a healthy sense of self. What I’m getting at is the commonly widely accepted platitude that “IT IS IMPORTANT TO TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF”.
In the interest of balancing my self care and enhancing it with healthy nutrition, I have decided to frequently post a “brain healthy” recipe for librarians on the go. Nutrition can really impact the way you feel and improve brain function. If you don’t believe me listen to what Hippocrates, the father of medicine said in 460 B.C., approximately 2,500 years ago:
"Each one of the substances of a man's diet acts upon his body and changes it in some way, and upon these changes his whole life depends, whether he be in health, in sickness, or recovery." -Hippocrates
While working on my internship at Maine Media College I began to realize how important health is to a professional life – again not just physical well being but the mix of a well balanced life and outlook. Financial crisis was an almost overwhelming factor which I experienced throughout this semester, an ominous dark cloud looming over every day threatening to crash down upon me with bolts of lightning and sounding thunder, but I did not let this storm distract me and the courtesy and support of the staff at Maine Media College as well as the understanding and encouragement from my Professor Jodi Williams somehow pulled me through to the end of what is turning out to be a successful practicum. I was plagued with worries that impeded my level of functioning on some days, but my interest in the project and again, the encouragement and support of others, proved too strong a positive to allow any negative to win. Here follows a recipe for “Librarian’s Trail Mix” which is filled with brain boosting ingredients such as curry, a spice which, according to BBC News purportedly “appears to prevent the spread of amyloid protein plaques - thought to cause dementia - in the brain” as well as valuable omega 3’s from nuts such as cashews which according to Andrew Saul, author of “Fire Your Doctor! How to Be Independently Healthy” (2005) “.. a large handful of these tasty nuts provides one to two thousand milligrams of tryptophan which serves as a precursor for the syntheses of neurotransmitters (like serotonin)” . The inclusion of dried fruits such as cranberries and blueberries energize the mind and help improve blood flow which is essential to healthy brain function. To make “Librarian’s Trail Mix” start by roasting and seasoning pumpkin seeds and cashews by mixing the following:
2 large egg whites
1 Tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon turbinado sugar
2 tablespoons curry powder
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 tablespoon garlic salt
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
juice of 1 lime
2 ½ cups cashews
2 cups pumpkin seeds
Generously coat the pumpkin seeds and cashews in the above mixture and roast in an oven at 350 degrees for approximately 30-45 minutes. After the nuts have dried and cooled, mix in some dried cranberries, blueberries, and sunflower seeds, Throw in some sesame stick crackers and voila! A healthy snack to nourish you throughout the roughest day. And remember: Take Care of Yourself!
“A study of one million students in New York showed that students who ate lunches that did not include artificial flavors, preservatives, and dyes did 14% better on IQ tests than students who ate lunches with … additives.”
(from: Nursing Assistant Central http://www.nursingassistantcentral.com).
Sunday, November 6, 2011
Saturday, October 29, 2011
It will be sad to see my library practicum at Maine Media Workshop + College come to an end. The staff there have made me feel right at home and the many hours I have spent re-arranging the materials has been therapeutic. It is a wonderful meditative environment, classical music playing in the background and a friendly casually professional staff interacting with each other, students, and always encouraging me with praise and appreciation for my efforts.
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Sunday, September 25, 2011
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Friday, September 16, 2011
I am going to suggest that as part of my internship I implement an online presentation of the photos and film clips which are part of the library collection at Maine Media Workshop and College using Omeka software as a web publishing application.
Wish me luck!
Thursday, September 15, 2011
I hope to make a good first impression on the personnel I wil be meeting with. I am reminded that before going home for the night, I should stop by Wal Mart to pick up a small plant for the desk of Christine Urquart as a thank you for all of her efforts to coordinate this internship on short notice.
Another development in the ongoing saga of me completing my library practicum is that Trevelyn Jones, an editor of School Library Journal, will be sending me my first assignment tomorrow in order to conduct a book review for said journal. This is very exciting for me and I hope to incorporate into my practicum.
I wonder how my fantastically sweet and brilliant daughter is doing at college. We talk briefly every night before going to bed yet still throughout the day I think of her.
I am on track with my Biology class but will have to press in order to stay current in my Statistics class. Adieu for now friends.
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Well, I guess I blew it because when I received an email from the college I didn't recognize it because it had the name of the secretary as the byline followed by the subject heading "Is Friday a good time to meet?" - I get so much junk mail that I didn't recognize this as being from the college and didn't respond until hours before the day and time they wanted to meet. I called the secretary immediately to re-schedule. The secretary Chris Urquart, was very nice and promised to connect with the appropriate personnel (President Charles Atschul and Dean of Education Elizabeth Greenberg) to find out when they could meet. Their semester began Labor Day and the following day they had a visit from an important donor to the college so relevant contacts were tied up. I have continued to call at the risk of being a pest and been told that Christine Urquart is working on setting up a new meeting time and will get back to me.
In the meantime I have contacted Jane Irving in order to commence writing a grant for her to start a wellness program which she has designed for terminally ill patients. Jane Irving is CEO of Castine Consulting and conducts online education in massage therapy. We have a three way conference call scheduled for Monday September 19, 2011 in order to discuss the following agenda:
- The grant writing process
- A short brain storming session to determine which organizations we will petition for funds
- Organizations that would sponsor us once we receive the money
- A general time line to apply and receive funds
- Alternatives to grants, IE: private funding
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
My library practicum will perhaps be threefold. It is hard to say at this point as I have yet to meet with my prospective library. Tentatively my internship will be with the Maine Media College of Rockport, Maine which offers a Master of Fine Arts MFA degree in the fields of photography, filmmaking and multimedia as well as a certificate program for the same areas of study. I am waiting to hear from Christine Urquart who is coordinating my initial interview with the college President Charles Atschul and the Dean of Education Elizabeth Greenberg.
in the meantime I am thinking about helping out the Island Heritage Trust of Deer Isle, Maine. I interviewed for a PT position in their gift shop earlier this summer and met with the Director Mike Little. It turned out that the time they needed someone to work didn't jive with my other job at the time but in the course of our interview Mr. Little mentioned that he had a collection of books on the environment that is badly in need of organization and Dewey Decimal labeling and placement. I mentioned that this might be a possible project for my upcoming library internship in the Fall. I have a call in to him and am also waiting to see if this is something I might do.
In a similar instance I interviewed this summer for a PT job with Jane Irving who is a successful massage therapist and teacher of massage therapy online. We ended up discussing a project she has been wanting to start but has not had the time to organize. This project is a wellness program designed for people with terminal illness and she is interested in meeting with me to write a grant to indemnify this program. I have been deferring meeting with her because I have been so busy with work and summer school but I think it would be beneficial to both of us for me to follow through and meet with her. So...I'm signing off for today to send her an email!